Insect feeding on buckwheat flower.
Small insect, 1/4 inch long, feeding.
I'm pretty sure this is it. I based my ID on this link:
10mm wingspan spread. Came to black light/MV trap (live oak/chaparral habitat).
100% DNA match at BOLD to Tridentaforma fuscoleuca. 2011GM-0109.
not entirely sure of this one; suggested on mothing FB site that this was the ID:
Diurnal moth seen sitting on a wooden fence post. Visually it struck me as "small," but I didn't get a close look in person before it flew away.
The classic feeding sign and exit hole of the yucca moth.
Somehow my obs from last year seem to have disappeared. So, zooming in and re-posting.
The Prodoxidae are a family of moths, generally small in size and nondescript in appearance. They include species of moderate pest status, such as the currant shoot borer, and others of considerable ecological and evolutionary interest, such as various species of "Yucca Moths".